Stan Collymore explains why Leeds United are less attractive than Bournemouth to potential buyers

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Former Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore highlights the high cost of running Championship outfit Leeds United.

Former Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore has explained in the Bleacher Report why the likes of Bournemouth and Brentford are more attractive to potential buyers than Leeds United.

“If you and I bought Leeds United, it would cost us quite a bit of money because they are a big club,” the former Liverpool and Aston Villa star wrote in the Bleacher Report. “We take them into the Premier League and we're sitting in the directors box with 40,000 fans praising you to the hilt.

“But there's a problem, because it costs a lot of money to keep a club that size running and if you get it wrong, you have 40,000 people screaming, ‘sack the board!’

“So people with huge amounts of money are now looking to the likes of Bournemouth, Brentford and Rotherham United to buy because it costs very little to run them.”

Collymore makes an interesting point, and it is indeed quite valid.

Leeds are one of the biggest clubs in England, but they have not played in the Premier League since 2004.

The West Yorkshire outfit have had a number of owners since then, but none of them has been able to get them back to the English top flight.

The pressure of managing and owning Leeds is huge, and maybe that is why over the years the club have struggled both on the pitch and off it.

At Bournemouth and Brentford, the expectations were (and are) not so high. The former’s promotion to the Premier League was unprecedented, while if even the Bees lose out on the playoffs, they will still be considered to have had a successful season.

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